Six Months Later, Phoenix Bishop Says He Feels at Home

June 23, 2004

(Phoenix-AP) -- It's been six months since Bishop Thomas Olmsted took over the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

In an interview with reporters this morning, he says things have gone relatively smooth and that he feels at home.

The bishop says that while the Tucson diocese may be on the verge of bankruptcy because of large sexual abuse settlements, he didn't believe the Phoenix diocese was on a similar road.

Olmsted says he's met with several victims of sexual abuse by priests and in all but one instance, was able to pray with them.

He also says he'd love to have a Catholic university in Arizona to expand religious teachings.


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